The Meaning of Season 2 of STAR TREK DISCOVERY.

April 29, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

What was STAR TREK DISCOVERY about?

I am going to apologise up front for how long this is and how difficult it is to read. Please remember that this is a semi organised brain dump. I do plan of making a much shorter, organised and readable cliff-notes version suitable for facebook..

From the very beginning, the first episode of the season there were “hmmm, what the heck..?” moments, or clues rather to what I believe the really meaning behind this season of DISCOVERY was all about. Or at the very least there are multiple interpretations of the deeper meaning and I have simply realized one of them.

I’m am going to say up front, what I think the deep meaning of what is really happening and then go back to how I got there.

But I only got here once I had the key, which funnily enough had absolutely nothing to do with Star Trek Discovery, but a movie I happened to watch on the Plane “Bad Times at the El Royale…”. Once I realized what that movie was about it was like a road map to deciphering ST:DSC, but then again I could be totally wrong and barking mad.

What were the events of STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 2 really about?

OK so cutting to the chase, the end meaning.

The season is about Captain Christopher Pike and the accident that left him disfigured and the events of “The Menagerie” to get him to Talos IV to ‘restore’ him. Yes everyone knows that, but I mean, this is literally what is going on.

The events of ST:DSC season 2 are an illusion, no – it’s a hallucination that Captain Pike is experiencing as that the accident during the training exercise. The Hallucinations are the results of his brain being fried by the radiation and his mind is interpreting the events happening around him as he is trying to locate the remaining cadets and getting them out of there to safety. He even makes the choice to continue and help the remaining cadets trapped even though he knows it will cost him his life.

And once he has them out and safe, the ending is the recruits going on safe to have a future life and career (via the Discovery going through the wormhole) while he goes on to his reward, a life on Talos IV and the illusion of a continued career and further adventures aboard the Enterprise with Number One and Lt. Spock.

Or rather this is how he is reliving the events of the training accident.

BTW I am writing this over several days and totally out of order/sequence. So if you see me say “I still do not know how [such-n-such] fits in yet.” When just a paragraph earlier in the blog here is a section that explains why [such-n-such] was a crucial key, it is simply because I wrote them out of order and may have forgotten to tidy this up.

OK, to start again.

STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 2 is the retelling of the original Series story “The Menagerie”, but told from the perspective of a crippled Captain Pike in the wheel chair as he both hallucinates about the accident during the training exercise and while Spock’s court martial is under way as Pike is being transported to Talos IV and ends with him getting his “freedom of a sort.” Of an illusionary life.

*phew* now that was long winded, this all dawned on me as the last pieces fell into place at the end.

Now this is only one characters story/viewpoint, but I’m willing to bet this is the explanation.

Laying out the details, the clues. Not all that happened in this season, not all the major plot threads apply to captain Pike – in fact I cannot work the whole “Section 31- Control AI” plotline into Capt. Pikes Point of View Hallucination while Spock is being Court Marshalled.

The Clues to Captain Pikes Story.

The opening of the first episode. When it comes to Sci-fi stories, books, movies and especially TV, plot-holes and continuity, or rather the lack off, bugs the hell out of me (which is really funny since my all time favourite TV show is actually “Doctor Who” and that is often nothing but continuity errors.) But that is another long winding topic of conversation altogether.

What was I saying, continuity.

I want to start with the very beginning of the Season, the NASA CASSINI footage.

We have a "flash" - an explosion, as Burnham tells us the story of a tribe gathering to tell stories as a girl throws ash from the wood fire into the air "to create the Milky Way Galaxy" and then we see the 7 signals spread across the galaxy, which BTW is bright RED! {footnote #1}

The USS Enterprise is dead in the water having suffered a complete systems failure when it tried to investigate 7 singles spread across the galaxy. Of these 7 singles, only 1 is telling us where it is. As a result, the Capt. is commandeering the USS Discovery to get to that signal.

Hang on, WTF?!? How does he know that there are going to be 7 signals if only one of them is happening ‘now’ and the others will ‘show up’ in time when needed? OK so it’s all about time travel, but it’s like effect comes before cause here. It was this detail that kept bugging me, they were awaiting the signals, but they never explained how they, or rather how Capt. Pike knew about the signals in the first place.

But there was also a very nice clue here to what is really happening and its actually the scene that made me like Anson Mount and how he portrayed Chris Pike. When Tilly accidentally pulls up on the main screen the captains personal record. Chris Pike is all embarrassed but tells everyone to take a good look.

I was so bothered by how they knew about the 7 signals before they appeared that I decided to rewatch that first episode before the two part finally. And when rewatching the light-bulb began to flicker.

This is the accident during the "Kobayashi Maru" occurring, the "tribe gathering" are the recruits, they are introducing themselves when one of them, a girl (Tilly?) hits the wrong button or something and there is the explosion. During the on screen swirling of the Galaxy forming from the wood ash, we actually see a persons face!

One reviewer, when talking about episode 12 "Through the Valley of Sorrow" says that this episode is Pike's Kobayashi Maru. It wasn't - the whole season was. When the explosion occurred, rescuing the 7 cadets became his very own Kobayashi Maru test is a very real sense. Remember this is a Crippled Captain Pike reliving the events of the accident and we are seeing him hallucinate rescuing the cadets, and so everything is an illusionary construct to help him make sense. They have him on some pretty strong medications as well.

Back to that coming on board the Discovery Bridge.

In his retelling of the accident, the explosion has just happened and he knows that he faces his own version of Kobayashi Maru scenario (from now on I’m going to say KM text/accident/whatever just to keep it short). And so he needs to act out the KM scenario.

And this is how is slots together.

The USS Enterprise with its total systems failure represents in his fried brain the KM test that just blew up, and in order for him to be able to re-enact the scenario in order to rescue the cadets, he mentally constructs a new KM exercise for him to commandeer.

Think I am crazy.

Rewatch the bridge intro scene – everyone on the command bridge of the discovery now represents a set of new cadets who are going to help him rescue the dying Cadets.

He comes on the bridge says he is taking command, but Saru jumps up and says No and quotes star fleet. That is exactly what Kirstie alley’s “Saavik” would have done at the start of “Star Trek II Wrath of Khan” if someone stomped into the middle of her KM test claiming to be a high ranking Star Fleet Officer here to commandeer the simulator and Captain Pike in return played along and followed Star Fleet Protocol because Saavik/Saru/Cadet was absolutely correct.

While I totally loved Anson Mounts “Chris Pike” - That scene where he is introducing himself and showing everyone his personal record? When the training exercise started, he was the fleet Captain, and the cadets that he is leading are as nervous as hell, probably about to pee themselves just being in his presence, let alone having to perform their roles under the critical eye of such a senior star fleet officer. This was his way of putting them at their ease, “Hey kids, don’t be nervous of me, if you want to know the truth about me, I flunked Astro-Physics cos I was too busy playing strip poker with Orion slave girls too study for the exam, and for the record here’s my asthma inhaler!”

And then he proceeds to go around the bridge asking them to introduce themselves omitting rank, because they are all cadets and don’t have ranks. Except for the one twerp who just has to say that they were a Lieutenant already, but then again you always get one…

It was the way he spoke and interacted with the Bridge Crew, the way he teased Tilly when she tried to move his finger making her all nervous. That is not how an experienced Fleet Officer would treat the experienced bridge crew of a Star Fleet vessel – BUT IT IS HOW AN EXPERIENCED FLEET OFFICER WOULD INTERACT WITH A GROUP OF NERVOUS CADETS AT THE START OF THE EXERCISE.

Then we get to the point of pulling up the 7 signals, those signals are the bridge location around the simulator where the recruits should be and he has to get to them in order to rescue them.

The explanation will address the following points:

  • Why/How does Captain Pike know about the 7 signals before the happened?
  • Why do we have more advanced technology is ST:DSC when it is supposedly set 10 years prior to the Original Series?
  • What it means for Season 3 of Discovery
  • How can Georgiou be in a “Section 31” spin-off when she was on board Discovery when it went to the future.
  • Why is 10 years an important plot point (it is the biggest plot point of all believe it or not)?
  • The Audacious move that CBS is about to do to the STAR TREK Canon AND WHY!

The next clue, also in that episode was the fortune cookie “Not every cage is a prison…” yes wonderful Easter egg – Bravo! Except it is what Spock Whispered to the invalid Pike as he is abducting him to take him on board the USS Enterprise for the voyage to Talos IV. And it turns out it wasn’t an Easter Egg, BUT a significant plot signpost!

For the record – I need to state that I am not writing this in order, but jumping all over the place in this document because clues are dropping in fast and furious now and as a clue dawns on me (signal?), I will mention it here and in the next section how it links in, etc. etc.

Episode 8 was very thought provoking “If Memory Serves”, but in unusual ways. The opening which showed us the brief flashbacks to “The Cage” were absolutely stunning and joy to watch, but as I watched the episode I did wander why the disconnect with how Talos IV was portrayed to us now. Colours were very grim, compared the to vibrant colours of the 60’s flashbacks that they showed us, the Talosian Flora and Fauna more ‘detailed’, plus the underground complex poorly lit compared to the bright of the flash-back. They were showing us the two very distinct contrasting looks.

Actually they were showing us contrasting styles, I would even say contrasting genre’s. Another lightbulb started to flicker on. And that is when I remembered the line from the “Menagerie” about the Talosians – they were so addicted to telepathy, like a narcotic, that reading thoughts was entertainment for them, better than theatre! That actually comes back to an even bigger revelation!!!

The events of ST:DSC season 2 are an illusion, the biggest clue (which I only thought of after 5 days of all this bubbling in my brain) was that of all the locations we went, how "cinematic" they were, while Talos IV was the one place that was, dim, dark, dank and just dingy...

Remember the Talosians have no imagination, that is why they needed Pike, plus once you get to “Talos” and they let you in, they have no need for illusions now that you are here, and it becomes a brilliant plot twist – Everything outside of Talos IV is an illusion, while everything on Talos IV is reality.

I got curious about whether there was a deeper meaning to what we were being shown, when I read the write up to Episode 12 and how it was homage to Pikes encounter on Rigel VII, especially since it was the crucial episode that showed us that he makes a choice to sacrifice his future in order to save everyone else. And that this was about turning the tragic story of Capt. Pike into a victory, making him a true Hero.

So how do they all add up? “Bad Times at the El Royale…”

At this point I need to discuss a completely unrelated movie I saw on the plane last week, while I was coming down with a head cold.

“Bad Times at the El Royale…” and why this is the key to decoding Star Trek Discovery.

Imagine trying to watch a brilliant movie while barely conscious with a severe head cold and stuffed to the gills on cold medication – how everything just warps and what you perceive is totally different from the actual movie itself. And this is why watching “Bad Times at the El Royale…” on a plane was the key to unlocking this season for me, because, well I was flying back from Europe with an oncoming head cold, tired and doped up on cold meds. The perfect conditions to unlock Discovery.

I would seriously recommend watching it.

“Bad Times at the El Royale…”. Starts of about a hotel and we meet a group of strangers checking into the hotel and we all know right away that they all have secrets and that this is going to be a psychological thriller. But it is the style of the movie and the genre bending that happens throughout the movie is also what we see happening in Season 2 of ST:DSC.

Once the setup is complete and all the guests have checked in we are shown on screen what looks similar to an old silence movie speech card, which simply says “Room One”.

The movie style at this point is an old 70’s FBI drama with Jon Hamm as an FBI agent on a mission and he makes reports back to J.E.Hoover about the case, and his reports are typed up and filed.

What proceeds is that we get similar full screen cards pop up as the story unfolds, and with each card, the focus and style, even genre of the movie changes. Its an anthology story with each piece told from the perspective of one of the main characters, with matching cinematography style/genre.

And the full screen cards – they are the various case files. The first one, the “Room One” is the very stark bare bones typed up report that Jon Hamm phones into the FBI director and as a result the style is very stark. The next couple I think are Police report files and they are interpreted in classic Police drama genre/style. The 4th one made it interesting, titled “Billy lee” this is I think is the FBI psychology profile report on the cult leader and now the whole genre has shifted to Psychological thriller genre for its style.

We had several different stories and threads that all intersected at this one place and how the story looks totally different from one Character/Story perspective than the other.

And that is the trick that they pulled off during the entire Season of Star Trek Discovery!

Now lets get to decoding this season…

Back to the Start, the USS Enterprise is dead in the water having suffered a complete systems failure. This was actually the last piece of the puzzle that I figured out that enabled everything to fall into place.

This is all a hallucination in his mind as he relives the events.

The USS Enterprise system failure was represents the accident during the training exercise and is how his addled brain is interpreting remembering the event. We start with the story of the girl throwing ash into the sky to create the Milkyway Galaxy and then proceeds to show us the 7 signals.

In the original KM accident, they have completed introductions and Pike has had the cadets see his personal record. It is at this point that the simulator explodes.

What we see is him completing that initial part of the KM exercise and then he then proceeds to show the crew of the Discovery (his own construct of the KM scenario) and us the 7 signals.

So what are the 7 signals? The 7 signals are the cadets with him at the start of the exercise before the accident and in his hallucinatory state, he has to get to the signals to ‘rescue’ them while they still can.

He is remembering/hallucinating the events of the accident while while the events of “the Menagerie” with his abduction and then Spock’s Court Marshall is under way.

There is a lot of jumping around of “focus” and perspective

Whenever the story goes to locating and then getting too the next signal – that is where Capt. Pike is in full control of the Discovery crew, because he is locating each of the 7 cadets and either getting them out of there or ensuring that they are safe. And while he is reliving the events of the training accident in some hallucinogenic state he is also experiencing (and interpreting/ integrating into his hallucination) the events of the “Menagerie”.

So as Spock abducts the invalid Pike, Spock tells him “Not every cage is a prison…” but Capt. Pike is a vegetable, barely able to understand or perceive what is really happening around him, so Spock’s spoken words trickle into his subconscious and manifests itself as a fortune cookie. And that was why it was not an Easter Egg, because it is a plot signpost to help us to sync up with the event of “The Menagerie!”

Another element of the story relating to Spock falls in here and something I did not work out until the end – Spoke absence from the start, apparently taking several months of saved leave. This actually represents the time (weeks or months) after the accident, but before Spock came to get the captain. We are told that sub space was a chatter for weeks about the accident, but that at the time the Enterprise under Kirk was far off and out of communication.

To recap. There are two things going on in the fried brain of Capt. Pike that are colliding to create this bizarre and extremely elaborate Hallucination for him. His reliving the events of the KM training accidents and the sensory input from the events of the “Menagerie”, all creating a lovely mishmash in his head.

Now we’ve laid out all the clues we need to solve this, plus all the ground work and we have the key we can move quickly now with how the rest of Chris Pikes story is interpreted and resolved.

There are key synchronization points from within the timeline of the “Menagerie” and the events within Captain Pikes hallucination that allow us to say exactly where we are within each story.

But what has the Discovery crew have to do with all of this and how do the events synchronize.

This is going to be fun. The Discovery crew, like everything else we see are part of the Invalid Pikes hallucinations (although I still have no idea of how Section 31 & Control fit in), however the Discovery and her crew are not external stimuli being interpreted by pikes subconscious, as the Fortune Cookie was Spock’s words “Not every cage is a prison…” filtering in, nor are they memories (well they might, but not for this purpose) – instead the Discovery and her crew are imaginary creations there to help Pike rescue the cadets (Signals).

Actually that is not quite true, they are real, but I want to leave that to the end because it really is an amazing and audacious idea. All I would say is, if the Federation existed in the 32nd Century, what would be the updated equivalent “Kobayashi Maru” Scenario that they would be using?

While the events of “The Menagerie” unfold around him, he “sees” and incorporates what is happening around him into his recurring hallucinogenic nightmare of the accident and the Discovery and crew are part of that hallucinogenic construct.

You still alive and with me on this one? Now let us synchronize events. Each sync has 3 parts

  1. What is happening to Chris Pike in the real world within the time frame of “The Menagerie”
  2. Where in the hallucination of reliving the accident is Chris Pikes Mind
  3. How are the events of “The Menagerie” incorporated into the hallucination of the accident.

Here we go

  • Pike has been in the vegetative state for weeks or months and Spock has been gone for a while on leave of absence. This is the gap between the accident, but before Spock abducts Pike.
  • Pike is waken up as he is abducted by Spock, who whispers “Not every Cage is a Prison…” Having woken up, Pike begins his hallucinogenic nightmare of the training accident by taking command of the Discovery and its crew to get to the Signals/cadets. He knows the cadets are there, that is why he knows that there are or will be 7 signals. The first signal is the first recruit which he rescues: Jet Reno. Spocks words filters into his subconscious as the fortune cookie.
  • We are now at the start of the Court Marshall and we are shown the first transmissions from Talos IV which is of the landing party finding the survivors from a crashed Federation ship 18 years prior. Pike now focuses on getting to the second signal and rescuing the next cadet. The illusion of the human survivors on the surface of Talos appears to Pike as the colony on Terralysium.
  • On the Enterprise, the view screen turns off, because Captain Pike has dosed off. I realized that there was a long gap in the ST:DSC story now and I couldn’t work it out until I realized that part-1 ended with Pike asleep, so there is no “real world” stimuli. Instead he is dreaming, but instead of the accident, he is dreaming other stuff and we get all these other events now. Obviously they have him on some pretty good pain killers…
  • Now this is where syncing events goes a little odd for me (unless I got it wrong and this is all total nonsense). In ST:TOS we resume with Chris Pike captive of the Talosians and he is then subjected to an illusion of his fight on Rigel VII – however it is possible that the events of importance for syncing is that this is when Kirk, Spock & Mendez are arguing as they have discovered that the signals are coming from Talos, which since it is quarantined puts them all in danger. The third Signal/Cadet coincides with the events of Kaminar. But the events of Kaminar are about two opposing sides and the argument (in ST:DSC) about Starfleet staying out of the conflict could very well be how Pike interprets Kirk and Mendez discussing Starfleets orders with regards to Talos IV? I seriously hope I am not going the deep end here and in need of psychiatric help for over thinking this stuff.
  • If the argument about breaking standing orders about travelling to Talos are related to the Kaminar conflict, while that does work for me, I am then lost on how to integrate the ST:TOS events from the Talos transmission of the illusion on Rigel VII, feeding a sugar cube to his horse, seeing the rest of the Enterprise crew trying to cut their way down to him etc. and eventual escape onto the ruined surface of Talos, all into Pike’s ongoing hallucination! Yikes.
  • Episode 12, this is the real nice one and the syncing between what is happening during Spock’s Court Marshall, Pike reliving the accident and hallucinating everything together is actually different from expected – but maybe more impactful. Come with me on this Journey.
    We have arrived at the point in the story where the evidence presented is of the humans escaping onto the surface of Talos, but the screen goes blank. We are left with Spock almost badgering Pike to make a choice. We also have the fourth Signal as well for the fourth cadet. It is possible that this is the point during the accident that he could have saved himself and left the other cadets to die. Both recalling the events of the accident and the events of the “Menagerie” focus on Pike making a choice. Having made the decision to sacrifice himself, the fog from his mind is lifting and he realizes the horror of his situation. In his hallucination, he realizes that he is no longer the clean cut Mitt Romney lookalike Hero, but the pathetic figure in the wheelchair is him, now – not in the future! That was the true terror Anson Mount showed us, it was when the cripple finally realized what he was and that Spock was offering him, in the form of the time crystal and accept what happened and the offer of hope from the Talosians. In the “Menagerie” this was the only time that the Crippled Pike became active as he was visibly agitated – he has just begun to comprehend the emotional and physical condition he is in as he Anson Mount sees the new motorized chair with go faster lights approaching him.
  • Episode 13. I do not think there are any events from the “Menagerie” here to sync with the hallucination, but the fifth signal – which again he responds to immediately is getting that Cadet out.
  • The Finale, what is interesting here is that this episode covers just the end where he is beamed down to Talos and given the illusion of life. With regards to the final two signals, Pike does not take the lead here at all, and in fact he takes no action with regards to them other than acknowledge them. This is pure Hallucination now, the whole battle is the bulkhead coming down during the training exercise – he sees the sixth cadet being pulled out as that door comes down and for us that is shown in the form of Brunham desperately trying the reach the wormhole to set the sixth signal for Discover showing us that the sixth recruit had just squeezed out.
  • And in the final scene, we see Pike on Talos given the illusion of a normal life. And with that the illusion is of a very brightly coloured (almost garish, well it was the 60’s) Enterprise bridge. And the seventh signal was the ‘end’ of remembering the accident and fact that as he lay at the bulkhead with his face melting he saw that the last recruit he did not find/help had actually gotten out by themselves.

So Chris Pike is now ready to live out his life in a fantasy/illusion as Captain of a shiny bright Enterprise with Number One and a clean shaven Spock.

But there is more…

That line from the “Cage” where Vina tells Pike that telepathy and illusions are like a narcotic for them, and this is where “Bad Times at the El Royale..” was the key to unlock it all.

Throughout the series and especially in the last episode we saw and experienced things from the perspective of one of the principle characters, and each of those characters had a genre assigned to them with describes their personality and intensity of emotion/adrenalin. And this would actually help to explain the interesting fushion of styles.

Basically the Talosians gained a whole movie-plex with Chris Pike’s mind.

At the start of the final episode, everyone was relatively calm and so everyones emotional viewpoint was pretty much the same, but as Number one politely points out, as the Shit hits the Fan, and everyones adrenalin starts pumping, then we see some interesting things happening.

It works best when looking at pairs of characters and how the style genre of each because more stark in contrast.

A simple example is the farewell scene between Admiral Cornwell and Captain Pike as she lowers the bulkheads to protect the rest of the ship from the exploding Photo Torpedo.

Admiral Cornwell’s genre is very dark gritty Star Trek, almost ST:VOY, while Captain Pikes is so ST:TOS with an extra coat of paint for good measure. When they are in that room with the torpedo they are on the exact same ship, the USS Enterprise. So technically there should be this continuity with regards how everything looks etc.

But the bulkhead that Cornwell manually lowers, is dark, curved edges and very, well Voyager almost. Its her moment and so that is what we see.

But right behind her watching stoically is Pike, and the bright turbo lift doors of the Enterprise close with that distinctive swish. Once I first saw that it annoyed me, but now I understand that each characters perspective is depicted based on their genre. Pike is proud of his ship, that is why it was shown it that very classic way, except for the one area where he was not the expert and not in charge and that was handling the undetonated photon torpedo.

Michael Burnham and Spock. Likewise Spock is assigned a very ST:TNG/DS9/VOY style like the admiral, but Burnham, her genre is more the marvel-esqe/Halo/fast action movie genre we have. And that is why her scenes are much more noticeable here because that is as far from what we have normally seen in Star Trek to date. And at the end, when it is all down to her and she’s panicking, the Red Angel suit and special effects are full on summer block buster. When she launched herself out of the back of Discovery, we got full on Super Hero pose and every genre cliché possible.

As she is trying to set coordinates and the pressure is building the prominence on the style grows, meanwhile Spock, not far away in his almost ST:VOY shuttle can barely contain his annoyance at how she is getting so flustered. For him only fractions of a second are passing and yet she is taking forever to get it done, while for her it seems like she has so many things to do to get the jumps set up and they seem more complicated as they go on…

And there are other genre’s in play as well, for Leland/Control and Georgiou, they share an action thriller style of genre, almost “Mission Impossible”, while Amanda Greyson and Sarek have a softer cerebral, more Spielberg genre that they are shown in.

Closing the loop – The future of Star Trek Discovery…

And finally, this is perhaps the most controversial idea of what I think is happening.

The events took place during the episode “The Menagerie”. The events also take place 950 years later.

Remember I said that Captain Pike, faced with his own KM scenario had to figuratively commandeer another simulator running the KM scenario? What we also saw happening was indeed a second Kobayashi Maru Scenario being played out, but this time it is in the 32nd Century and it is the updated scenario for the Federation in that era.

At the very end, when the USS Discovery was being taken by Burnham into the future and Capt Pike and the Enterprise crew were anxiously watching, it really felt like the Star Trek franchise was being was torn into 2, the classic that we know and familiar with as represented by Anson Mount’s ‘Pike’ and the Enterprise crew, and Burnham & Co as new Star fleet graduates.

I would even bet that Season 3 starts with our Discovery Bridge crew exiting the Simulator in the 32nd Century. The USS Discovery never travelled 950 years into the future – it was already there!

This is also where the upcoming “Section 31” spin off comes in.

The 32ndC Kobayashi Muru Scenario which Burnham, Saru, Tilly, etc. played out was the Control AI scenario, with Leland and Georgiou part of the simulation/scenario – it is the only way to explain the ridiculous over the top fight scene that they had, and may have been based on a real event for the future Star Fleet. Hence why they incorporated it into the latest KM simulator.

This means that we may have Georgiou’s “Section 31” story taking place in the 32nd Century, and not the 23rd, since she was on board the USS Discovery when it travelled forward in Time.

When our 32nd C “cadets” do their KM scenario, they have on the bridge a senior officer – here represented by Captain Pike, but also other members and I believe that Ltn Airiam was one of them, since she was way more advanced that ever seen into any of the Star Trek franchises and therefore her death was part of the Kobayashi Maru scenario.

What is real?

Good question, and here is the simple answer. Nothing.

CBS has pulled an audacious “Twilight Zone” style twist on us all and as a result resolved every continuity problem, such as Klingons with forehead wrinkles, or no wrinkles, or looking like something out of an alien Shakespeare production. And its the answer to the very last question.

Why did CBS set Start Trek Discovery 10 years before the original series when there is absolutely nothing to indicate that is belong there?

Because that is when the events of “The Cage” takes place.

The Talosians being telepathic use the thoughts of others as entertainment. That also means they don’t have TV’s, remember they themselves don’t have any imagination. At one point during the “Cage” one of the Talosians report that “already hundreds are probing the surface thoughts…”

And this is the “Twilight Zone” nature of the season, CBS is saying to us “We are the Talosians, and all the various iterations of Star Trek that we have seen are just that, mental creations. Everyone has a Star Trek series they like best and one they hate. In the end it does not matter as long as we understand it is not really and not become addicted to it. Remember, illusions are a narcotic to the Talosians and worry about continuity and canon are symptoms of the addiction as we want more!”

This also explains Season 1.

CBS took 3 of the classic creations of the Original series that fans hold as sacrosanct within Star Trek Canon, and totally turned them on their head.

The Klingon War, mentioned but not shown in the Original Series. Over the years the changing appearance of the Klingons has caused nothing but controversy and the rather Over the top appearance presented in Season 1 was disconnected to their appearances in the original Series (supposedly 10 years later) and even Star Trek Enterprise which would have been a few decades earlier.

The Mirror universe. I remember so many folks upset when ST:DS9 showed the Terran Empire destroyed. What we saw was a glorious and powerful Terran Empire and maybe Georgiou is from there, but it’s the 32ndC Terran Empire that she comes from. Just like perhaps it was the 32ndC Klingons we saw? Maybe?

And the final one that they used was the original polite Episode as a means to throw away all the continuity and the sheer weight of the Star Trek Canon that had become a loadstone around the franchises neck by declaring all the Star Trek Series, Spin-offs etc. to be an illusions created by the Talosians as they probed Pikes mind.

In summary – I hope the Talosian’s have plenty of popcorn…

 

Footnotes:

1. I wrote this line about the story of throwing the ash into the air almost when I had everything finished as I was hoping that she says how many tribesman had gathered, but she did not. However on screen as we see the swirling cloud of ash, right there is a face.


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